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Female Bird Song Project

Main Project Information
Presented By Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, Leiden University
Goal Document female bird songs for biological collections
Task Submit observations and recordings of female song to collections
Where Global, anywhere on the planet

Bird song is a complex, elaborate trait, like extravagant displays and flashy colors of many animals. Both female and male songbirds sing amazingly complex songs in many bird species, but females do not sing at all in other species. Because of this diversity, bird songs offer an excellent opportunity to study the evolutionary pressures that have shaped life on our planet!

To investigate how males and females evolved their diverse songs, we need many examples of male and female song from many different songbirds. But female songs are under-represented in biological collections because most bird song research has focused on male song. By contributing observations and recordings, you are helping answer interesting and important evolutionary questions!

How to Join

Participate by watching for singing female birds. If you see one, record or document this behavior and submit it to a biological collection by following the links on our website, here:

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Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Tags bird, bird song, female, song, songbird
Project Updated 05/23/2018